Most cases of cervical cancer are linked to the human papilloma virus. 10 years ago, the UK government introduce the HVP vaccination into the national routine programme, which is offered to all girls in secondary school. 

As with any new vaccination there has been some controversy about the effectiveness of the vaccination and possible side effects linked to it. However, new research, published in The Lancet Review has shown a fall in HVP cases and pre- cancerous growths. 

It would appear that the benefits of this vaccination outweigh the potential side effects, and hopefully this new research will help anyone who is undecided about whether or not to have the vaccination. 

We live in a world that is surrounded by cancer, and the only thing that we can try to do is prevent it, or catch it early enough to treat. 

Vaccinations such as this are a massive breakthrough in saving the lives of women.